Complete Wedding Services

A note about creating your own service. This is trickier than it sounds. If you step back from a wedding ceremony, there are two types of material: things for you to say, and things for the officiant to say. It is normal for you to want control over the things that you will say. This is usually not a problem. The parts to be read by the officiant are a little more complicated. You're putting words in someone else's mouth here, and they will almost certainly have something to say about that. It's a better plan to talk to your officiant about the ideas that you would like to include, and let him or her come up with a draft for you. You will likely end up with something that everyone's comfortable with, and avoid unnecessary misunderstandings.

My own wedding ceremony
A combination of original work and various traditional services. Special thanks to the United Church of Canada.

A Pagan Wedding Ceremony
If you don't need to worry about a church-going family, this might appeal to you.

A Broadly Spiritual, Socially Conscious, Politically Aware Ceremony
Added 6/25/07. This is a wonderful ceremony, filled with lots to think about. It makes a great place to start if you're still finding your way.

Maddie & Jake's Wedding
Sometimes a traditional Christian service is the way to go. Here's one that I find quite beautiful. I left the readings where we had them.

Stunningly poetic, religious service
This is a recent creation. Particularly suitable for a same-sex ceremony, as a lot of the trickier wording has been worked out. This reads like one extended poem, and I love it.

Non-religious ceremony no. 1
Secular shouldn't mean dry and awful. You can have a ritual without religion, yes you can.

Non-religious ceremony no. 2
This couple, in addition to being awesome, put a lot of time and effort into this service, and I think it shows. I don't remember if we used these exact readings, but they're good readings, and will give you an idea of some of the things you can do.



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